The Cleveland Indians roster looks fairly complete, but there are still question-marks surrounding the starting rotation. Will the current rotation options of Justin Masterson, Zach McAllister, Corey Kluber, Danny Salazar, Shaun Marcum, Carlos Carrasco, Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer be enough, or are the Indians planning on making a splash by re-signing Ubaldo Jimenez, once the market spits him back out. Join IBI's Jim Pete with his first power poll of 2014.
The New Year is upon us here at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, and it's time to take a look at some 2014 resolutions. The great thing about resolutions is that they sound so good at the beginning of January, but are often long forgotten by the beginning of February. Jim pulls in fellow columnist to discuss their thoughts on the 2014 season, and wonder aloud what the "Final Resolution" may be.
The Cleveland Indians have been protecting Danny Salazar over the years since he has returned from Tommy John surgery. Many questioned why the Front Office has handled him with such kid gloves for such a long period, that is, until he joined the Indians in August and started throwing 100 MPH. Join Jim Pete as he tackles this week's power poll: Will Danny Salazar be a top-of-the-rotation ace, or will he regress?
In between shopping, cooking, baking, wrapping and spending some time with his family, Jim Pete didn't let Christmas get in the way of your weekly stroll at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Unfortunately for the readers here at IBI, he decided it was a grand occastion for theme week. Join Jim as he takes you through the 12 Days of a Cleveland Indians' Christmas, for the 2014 season.
The Cleveland Indians seem to be addressing all of their needs this offseason, even if they aren't using big dollars to do it. There aren't many questions remaining on the 25-man roster, but one that is glaring is the #5 starter. Today's IBI Power Poll will take a look at just that question. It could be a bigger question than you think. Last season, Scott Kazmir broke camp as the Indians' #5 starter. Who will it be this year? Join Jim Pete with your #5 starting options.
Join Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete, right here at Indiansbaseballinsider.com for a quick video/podcast outlining the Indians fairly busy week since the Winter Meetings ending. They'll talk John Axford, Shawn Marcum and the Drew Stubbs deal today, then talk about the potential moves that could be made over the next several weeks.
The Cleveland Indians added David Murphy to their offense, and they subtracted Drew Stubbs, but past those moves, the Indians' offensive line-up of 2014 will look a lot like the offense of 2013. Is there an opportunity for this offense to improve, or did it plateau last year thanks to the potential decline years of Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher? Join Jim Pete as he throws out an optimistic look at the Indians offense next season.
The Cleveland Indians have signed David Murphy, an underrated and to some, and underwhelming free agent this offseason, and haven't really done much of anything else to compensate their free agent losses. If you were able to take the keys from Chris Antonetti and drive the Indians ship, what would you do? Join Jim Pete in his less than perfect attempt to create a poll for you to do just that.
The rumors are circulating that the Cleveland Indians are entertaining offers for their ace, Justin Masterson. Of course, during the Winter Meetings, rumors and fact are often mixed together so much in this era of Twitter and Facebook, that it's hard to know what's true, and what's not. Join Jim Pete to find out what it will take for the Indians to deal their ace, or sign him long term so he remains at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
Join Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete as they talk Winter Meetings now that day on is over. Today, the Indians signed David Cooper to a Major League deal, talked to Grant Balfour's agent, and are taking offers Justin Masterson? Are the Indians really considering a deal for Masterson, and what would have to be in place for that to happen? Join us LIVE, talking Winter Meetings.
Join Jim Pete and Michael Hattery in their last two Cleveland Sports Insiders podcasts, as they discuss the Indians "inactivity" over the past two months, what they'd take in a Michael Brantley trade, and other Indians talking points as they head towards the Winter Meetings. In the second podcast, Mike and Jim talk the resurgence of Andrew Bynum and Dion Waiters.
The Cleveland Indians haven't joined the insane signing frenzy that has swept across Major League Baseball's landscape over the past several weeks, but don't let the quiet facade fool you. The Indians are making moves that fit their team, their budget and their chemistry, and they aren't quite done yet. Join Jim Pete as he decorates the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario with the moves the Indians have made so far, and how far they will go before the Indians begin their quest for a World Series in 2014.
The Cleveland Indians have a substantial hole at the back-end of their bullpen, thanks to the non-tendering of Chris Perez, and the faltering of Vinnie Pestano in 2013. With Joe Smith signing with the Angels, the Indians have to fill three spots in their pen, and in key spots. Jim Pete finds himself at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario for a special edition, looking at past closer tendencies, and how it could effect the Indians in 2014.
Every year, Jim Pete sits down on his stoop at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario and gives thanks to a bountiful year. Okay, so some years are more bountiful than others, but this year is a bit different than most. Find out who or what he's giving thanks to this year, and don't be afraid to share your thanks as well...in the comments below. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
The 2014 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!